International Students

International Students

At Wellington School, we offer a range of flexible courses for students of different ages and levels of English proficiency.

These include language-supported integration into Wellington between the ages of 11-15, an intensive one-year IGCSE programme for 15-16 year olds and a vibrant Sixth Form for A Level pupils.

Our international students live and work alongside British students wherever possible and always receive English support in small, mixed-nationality groups.

Why Wellington?

Set in a small, picturesque market town in the South West of England, Wellington School is an exceptionally friendly and vibrant community with high academic standards and broad co-curricular opportunities.

Pupils can safely walk into town to visit cafés, take-aways and shops and have a distinct sense of independence and freedom, whilst being in a small, nurturing and safe community.

  • A School with outstanding academic results
  • Excellent track record of entry to good universities
  • Continuing Oxbridge successes
  • Excellent record of entry to Russell Group Universities
  • Small class sizes
  • Specialist teachers
  • A caring yet disciplined environment
  • High standard of facilities
  • Full and varied programme of activities
  • Excellent pastoral care
  • Boarding is home from home
  • Value for money fees – ranked at Number 7 in The Telegraph “Best Value Boarding School in the UK

Life at Wellington

All students live in our comfortable, modern boarding houses and are cared for by dedicated house staff. Each boarding house has a Housemaster or Housemistress, Matron and academic tutors who will keep in regular contact with pupils and their parents. In such a caring, communal setting, every pupil truly matters and we strive to ensure the happiness of all the pupils in our care. For added reassurance, the School has a Health Centre with 24 hour cover and regular visits from the school doctor.

A dedicated member of staff leads the group as a tutor and is the first point of contact for any academic or pastoral queries. They will also take the group to local activities and to experience cultural events.

  • Good telephone and wireless internet access throughout the campus make it easy for students to keep in touch with home although wireless is turned off at night to enable sleep.
  • Bedrooms are single or shared study bedrooms and are comfortable and well equipped.
  • The food is superb, with all pupils having three hot meals a day. There is a choice of many main dishes with an additional salad bar, as well as fresh vegetables, fruit and desserts. There is plenty of choice so all diets and cultures are catered for and all pupils at Wellington School eat together in the dining hall.
  • All laundry, meals and accommodation are included in the termly fee.
  • Lessons follow the normal school day.


At Wellington School, we appreciate the importance of agencies, not only in introducing students to us, but also in assisting overseas families in making an enormously important decision for their children. A vital part of this is building and nurturing a relationship with our agents.

We want children who will thrive at Wellington, displaying energy, courage and integrity in their approach to learning and the vast range of wider activities which we offer. This means it is important that our agents understand the kind of pupils we seek.

We are a day and boarding school, with international families relocating to the UK and seeking day spaces for children of all ages from 11 to 18, as well as those who are sending their child to board with us from the age of 11. We are academically selective, but not elitist. We assess children to ensure that they can cope with the academic rigour of GCSE and A Level courses, and that their language skills and attitude will enable them to take full advantage of being in a British school alongside British students.

Contracts and commission

Please contact our Admissions department for details regarding contractual and commission arrangements.

Meeting us

We are always happy to welcome agents to Wellington School at an agreed appointment time. It is a dynamic place, always changing, so, if you are planning a trip to the UK just let us know and we will organise a visit. Meanwhile, our Admissions staff make regular visits overseas. If you are going to be at an event, are holding your own, or just would like us to pop in to your office for a visit, please get in touch – we would love to meet you!  Below is a list of events we are attending over the coming year.

Date/Time Venue
16th - 17th March 2019 Lagos, Nigeria
17th - 19th May 2019 Accra, Ghana
6th April 2019 The Hague
October 2019 Hong Kong

Guardians & Visas

All boarders, including students of 18 and over, whose parents are either permanently or temporarily overseas, must have a guardian in this country with whom we can make contact should an emergency arise.

This guardian should be a member of the family (but not a student) or a member of a guardianship agency belonging to AEGIS. In routine matters and decisions about hospital treatment, the Housemaster/mistress and then the Headmaster will normally stand in loco parentis.

Wellington School is a UKBA Tier 4 Sponsor